The finest High Country Golf Course in New Zealand

Based at the foothills of the Southern Alps, there are few scenic alpine courses like it. The golf course at Terrace Downs is fun and challenging for all golfers, from the first time novice to the aspiring professional. Discover just what it is that makes Terrace Downs such a popular venue when it comes to golf courses in Christchurch and the entire Canterbury region!

Play on one of the country’s most exquisite golf courses

Situated in Christchurch in the heart of Canterbury, Terrace Downs Golf Resort is ranked as one of New Zealand’s top five golf clubs for its course layout and is the only high country course to make the grade. Designed by Sid Puddicombe, the 18-hole par 72 championship course is 6,406m (7,006yds) long. The Parkland style front 9 course is sheltered with a ‘Woodland’ feel. The links style back 9 course is described as having a ‘Scottish’ feel with its open and tranquil setting.

Since its official opening in 2001, the course has continually received countless international and national accolades. Terrace Downs is one of few golf courses in New Zealand to be accredited as a Qualmark Activity Provider, assuring you’ll receive and experience only the highest quality throughout your visit.


Course Layout

Terrace Downs Golf Course is ranked as one of New Zealand’s top five for layout and is the only high country golf course to make the grade. Professionals describe the 18-hole par 72 course as challenging for all golfers, from the first timer to the aspiring professional. With its open and tranquil setting, the links back 9 style course has been described as having a ‘Scottish’ feel.  The Parkland front 9 style course is more sheltered with a picturesque ‘Woodland’ feel.


Golf holidays for you to relax while keeping the whole family happy

Whether you want a weekend away in with friends or some quality family time exploring Canterbury, we can cater to golf holidays of all designs. We offer luxury accommodation so you can wake up every morning to the sight of the lush green plains draped in breath-taking scenery, and finish every day with stunning views of the sun setting on the glimmering lake as you enjoy a spot of fine dining in the clubhouse.

Along with the course, a driving range is available for practice before your round, or just as a fun family activity. We also offer a range of other activities to indulge in such as horse riding, skiing, and archery!

Contact us for more information

If you would like to find out more about how to book golf holidays in Christchurch with one of the leading golf clubs throughout the Canterbury region, or if you are interested in how you can hire our venue for weddings and other events, please get in contact – phone, email, or fill out our online enquiry form.

Course Yardage:

Terrace Downs - Course Yardage

Course Ratings:

Green: 130 | Stone: 126 | Blue: 130 | Black: 130
Please note that our resort has a STRICT NO ALCOHOL POLICY ON THE GOLF COURSE that will be enforced. Please do not bring your own alcoholic beverages for your golf round as action will be taken. Alcohol beverages can be purchase before, mid-way and after your round in the clubhouse only. The resort management thanks you in advance for your cooperation.

Clubhouse and Pro Shop

The fabulous Clubhouse at Terrace Downs provides golfers supreme comfort and convenience both before and after a challenging round on the 6,406 metre (7,006 yards) long course.

The well-equipped Pro Shop stocks a wide variety of apparel and golfing accessories with the latest equipment for hire.

After your round, take a shower in the luxuriously appointed changing facility then head upstairs to admire the mountain vistas while sipping your favourite wine. Our clubhouse offers complimentary WIFI for you to enjoy while you are here as well.

Golf Competitions

We have some new and exciting golf tournaments planned at Terrace Downs Resort so please keep an eye on this page for the latest!

Alternatively contact our pro shop for any information:

Phone: +64 (03) 317 9370


New Memberships are now available at Terrace Downs Resort!

Becoming a Member at Terrace Downs offers lots of great benefits. We have a range of options available to suit all kinds of player.

The Gold Membership is the ultimate option for those who want to be truly connected to the Resort and Golf Club.Gold Memberships start from $1,500 and provide full access to all resort sporting facilities, discounts throughout the resort, a New Zealand handicap, reciprocal access clubs and special gifts.

The Silver Membership is an affordable option for those who simply love to play golf on the amazing Terrace Downs golf course. Silver Memberships start from $750 and provide unlimited green fees for the year. All Members have access to our monthly and quarterly members-only tournaments.

Corporate membership packages are also available. For an annual fee of $8,000+GST, your business can host its own private tournament. Your staff will also get great discounts for golf and accommodation at the resort, and four individuals will hold membership cards that entitle them to a free round of golf for four players, once per month.

Ambassadors & Sponsorships

Terrace Downs Resort New Zealand Davis Cup Team

Tuesday 14 September 2016, Tennis New Zealand has officially announced at the Davis Cup Reception held in Christchurch that The Terrace Downs Resort has just signed up as the official naming sponsor of New Zealand Davis Cup Tennis Team for the 2nd year. Koji Kawamata, General Manager says “It gives me great pleasure to see that young talented team members proudly wear the national team uniform and play so hard to bring win to the country.  I’m a big fan of them and glad to be the naming sponsor for another year.”

Ashburton Trust Tennis Centre

Terrace Downs Resort is proud to be the main prize sponsor for the Tuesday’s Fast Four Competition at the Ashburton Trust Tennis Centre. This competition is a Tuesday doubles event and runs over summer.

Official Golf Ambassador

Peter Fowler continuously services as the official Golf Touring Pro Ambassador of Terrace Downs Resort, with support from Laurie Goodson. Peter will wear shirts and caps with Terrace Downs logo patch for this season.

About Peter Fowler:

Peter is 57 years of age and was born in Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia but now has residence in New Zealand. Hi is 6ft 3inches.

Peter turned pro in 1977 and has 14 professional wins to his name the most famous victory came at the Australian Open in 1983, he has spent a large part of his career on the European Tour and won the BMW International open in 1993 where the runner up was Ryder cup captain Ian Woosnam. His best finish at a major championship was T22 at the Open Championship in 2003.

General Manager Koji Kawamata with Peter Fowler

Terrace Downs Official Ambassador

Terrace Downs Resort is proud to have Michael Venus, a professional tennis player as their official ambassador. This was due to the hard work of General Manager Koji Kawamata, Michael will wear shirts with the Terrace Downs logo patch and play in ATP tour from a clay court season 2017.

Message from Michael:

“I’m delighted to join Terrace Downs as the ambassador to such a magic resort. A most beautiful destination with breath-taking views of the Alps and a golf course to match the views. I’m honoured to be chosen as their ambassador.”

About Michael Venus:

Michael is 29 years of age and was born in 16 October 1987 in Auckland, New Zealand. Height 191cm, weight 85kg.

Michael turned professional tennis player in 2006. A right hander, doubles player current world ranking 42 (as of 19 April 2017), doubles career high ranking 32 (as of 07 November 2016), current singles ranking 1,023 (as of 27 February 2017) and singles career high ranking 274 (as of 25 July 2016). Michael won 4 titles in 2016. ASB Classic in Auckland, Open Sud de France, Marseille and Ricoh Open, He was chosen as an Olympic player in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. Also he is currently a Davis Cup Player for New Zealand.

Michael Venus pictured with his current doubles partner Santiago Gonzales (left in picture) and Michael with Terrace Downs Logo.

New Zealand's Best Golf Hotel 2015

New Zealand's Best Golf Hotel 2015

Terrace Downs Resort are proud to announce that we are the winners of the Best Golf Hotel 2015 for New Zealand at the annual World Golf Awards held in Portugal on Saturday 7th November.

Winning the award means a lot for the future of Terrace Downs Resort, over the last couple of years since the new owners purchased the Resort, they have been focussed on improving and maintaining the golf course to a high level, improving the standards of the culinary options, and working on improving the standard of the resort on whole.

General Manager Koji Kawamata says “It is a great honour to win this award, we are all very proud that our hard work has been recognised at this level.”

This is also a great achievement for Canterbury Golf with Clearwater Golf Course also winning the Best Golf Course award.

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